May 13th, 2013
I’d like to thank the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for crushing the hopes and dreams of all Southern California hockey fans over the weekend. The Ducks had two chances to close out the Red Wings, but instead, folded like a deck of cards. A series win would have meant the Ducks and Kings would have an epic Southern California hockey showdown in round 2, but the Red Wings would have none of that after their 3-2 win in game 7 in Anaheim on Sunday night.
After last night’s game, Corey Perry was seen kneeling at center ice in disbelief. He was probably thinking “I can’t believe I fooled this dumb asses into giving me $66 million when I can’t even score a goal in the playoffs.” Then there’s coach Bruce Boudreau, who is notorious for putting together great regular seasons, followed by disappointing playoffs. Boudreau is the Marty Schotenheimer of hockey. He’s never made it past the 2nd round with the Capitals, and consistently comes up short in game 7’s.
Meanwhile, the Kings are going to have home ice advantage in round 2 against the Sharks. Do the Kings even know how to win a series with home ice advantage? The last time they had home ice in a playoff series Pearl Jam was cool, and Bill Clinton had started banging interns. Dustin “Pancakes” Penner scored one of the greatest playoff goals in Kings history on Friday, as time expired at the end of the 2nd period, and his club will need much more of that to beat the Sharks.
I think it’s safe to say the Angels season is already over, and the Dodgers probably aren’t too far behind. The Halos are 10 games back in the AL West, and that’s after taking two of three against the White Sox over the weekend. Now, Arte Moreno is starting to hear it from TJ Simers and his friends at the LA Times. The more I watch this team, the more it’s becoming obvious that Mike Scioscia is now forced to deal with a mess that he didn’t create. His sluggers aren’t producing like they should, and when they aren’t, they are incapable of executing his small ball style of play. His starting pitchers are not only ineffective, but are tuning him out. Last night, after CJ Wilson came out of the game in the 7th for giving up 3 runs, Scioscia repeatedly asked Wilson about his pitch selection, yet Wilson was lifeless in his response. Good luck managing these guys the rest of the way Mike.
As for the Dodgers, I love the festive atmosphere in the clubhouse this weekend, after taking two of three from the worst team in the National League. Their season should end this week after facing the Nationals, followed by the Braves in Atlanta. Dee Gordon and Scott Van Slyke now have as many home runs as Matt Kemp, who has become a $165 million singles hitter. The Dodgers need to find a way to get Yasiel Puig into their lineup with Kemp and Andre Ethier trying to pull their heads out. Heck, even Clayton Kershaw has as many home runs as Kemp!
Lastly, my heart goes out to those three girls in Cleveland, who were tortured for 10 years by Ariel Castro. Those three girls are extremely courageous. I would definitely kill myself if I were ever held captive in Cleveland.